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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Trimmed in plastics and surfaces of appropriate quality
Taller folks are likely to want more head clearance
Cabin falls sort of the category's best in terms of richness and refinement
Kelley Blue Book
Reviewers found that the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer’s compact dimensions belied a spacious interior, but that its bargain price tag led to inevitable trade-offs in materials.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer offers seating room for five in its redesigned cabin, and it makes good use of its available space. Up front, Consumer Guide finds that "leg space is sufficient for six-footers, but taller folks are likely to want more head clearance." Reviewers at Cars.com felt that those front seats "are comfortable and keep occupants firmly in place," though ConsumerGuide warns that the standard seats on the DE and ES trims "are unexceptional for shape and support." In the back, The Auto Channel writes that "rear space is good for the car's size," a sentiment affirmed by Edmunds, which says, "the Lancer's interior is spacious, particularly in the rear seating area."
An added benefit of the spacious interior is that it provides decent amounts of cargo and storage space on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. The Auto Channel reviewers find that "there are useful storage spaces in the doors, console, and glove box"; they do warn that for the Lancer, 2008 brings an optional subwoofer that can "take up some trunk space," though the "trunk is large enough so that will not present any major compromise." ConsumerGuide is slightly more critical, claiming that the trunk "lack[s] height for taller cargo, as does the trunk opening," although they approve of the "useful cabin storage" that "includes large front-door map pockets with bottle holders."
One potential sore spot on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is cabin build and materials quality. Some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com lamented the interior materials and some of the "cheap elements, like the grab handles on the doors and the trip computer button beside the gauges," as Cars.com reviewers did. Others, however, sided with Motor Trend, which points out that the cabin "appears well assembled, and is trimmed in plastics and surfaces of appropriate quality," which makes the Mitsubishi Lancer "at least competitive" with its rivals. Kelley Blue Book reviewers feel that the "otherwise attractive passenger cabin falls short" of the Mitsubishi Lancer's main competitors. Coming down particularly harshly on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is The Detroit News, which writes that the knobs and switches feel "like they might snap off" if they are "pushed or twisted too hard."
In terms of road noise, the Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 version is rather unremarkable. ConsumerGuide feels that the "wind noise is well-checked, but coarse-surface tire thrum is fairly high in all models" and the "crude engine note is a sore point." Kelley Blue Book adds that the ES model and its base setup offer a "less noisy--but still not quiet--ride."
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer has good interior room, but some finishes inside are less than stellar.